We are honored to introduce you to our amazing teaching staff:
Jo Anderson Jo has been married to Brian since 1996, and is blessed by her children, Hannah, Abigail, Evangeline, and Weston. She has been educating her children at home since 2001, with much support from Brian. Jo became a Christian at the age of 25, and has devoted her Christian life to the teaching and discipleship of women and, more recently, children. Jo received a B.S. in Finance with a minor in Spanish from Northern Illinois University, and later a Master’s Level Certificate in Biblical Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She was on staff at Willow Creek Community Church for six years, involved in leadership development, discipleship, and Biblical teaching. Jo has a strong desire to help students develop a Christian worldview, defend their Christian faith, and express themselves eloquently, in both written and oral forms.
Linda Bryant Linda Bryant has been married to Ron for 35 years. They have three adult children and two precious grandsons. Homeschooling her children was a great joy and she continues to love teaching other children to inspire a love of words. She has been a Christ follower since her youth, attended Wheaton College, and currently attends Willow Creek Community Church. Being exposed to excellent literature while home schooling, Linda has developed an interest in discovering history through literature. It also provides a vehicle to understand the human condition. It is her hope that students will grow in their love of learning through exposure to other times and places while reading and studying excellent literature. She is also passionate about the power of communication through words whether spoken or written. A good book and a knitting project are never far from her fingertips.
Stephanie Bucataru Stephanie became a Christian in childhood, and loves discovering more about God's magnitude through learning about the world that He made. She enjoys nature study, foreign languages, reading, gardening and teaching children. She graduated magna cum laude from Kalamazoo College, then moved to Romania where she met her husband Gabi and adopted their two oldest children. Later, they were abundantly blessed with the privilege of adopting three more sweet girls from Chicago. She has been homeschooling since 2001 and is thrilled to teach the delightful children of C.C..
Jennifer Burns Jennifer is happily married to David Burns and the mother of three boys – Ryan, Bradley, and Nicholas. Jennifer has been a Christian for almost sixteen years. She believes strongly that her life’s purpose is found in Galatians 6:9-10: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Jennifer adores being in the classroom with our amazing C.C. students. She is delighted to help teach students how to think logically and critically about the world around them. Jennifer has her master’s degree in Marketing from Northwestern University. She feels honored that God called her to start C.C. eleven years ago and continues to allow her to teach and be the Headmaster at C.C..
Stefanie Caterer Stefanie Caterer has a degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Stefanie has been teaching her children at home since 2005. Since coming to the knowledge of Christ and accepting His forgiveness and salvation in 2000, she has been passionate about His Word and living a life joyfully submitting to the truth and principles within it. Stefanie loves exposing children to the fascinations of different worlds and situations in great literature, and helping them to view it all through a God-centered lens. She has been married for eighteen years to Josh, who is a songwriter and an on-staff Worship Leader at Village Church of Barrington. They have two completely different children- Elliot and Phoebe, who are her favorite adventurers.
Somer Chevrier Somer Chevrier Somer graduated from Trinity International University in 2001, with an Elementary Education degree and a minor in music. After college she spent five years teaching 2nd Grade at Northwest Suburban Christian Academy in Lake Zurich. She has been happily married to her husband, Ryan, for almost 16 years and has four fun, loving children. Along with being a wife and a mother, Somer has maintained her joy for music by teaching piano for the past eight years. Somer has a deep desire and love for creating a positive learning environment for her students. She organizes her teaching methods to foster various learning styles. It brings her great joy and honor to promote a creative and encouraging classroom environment where she can share God’s love with her students.
Joelle Chidlow Joelle graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a BA in Art. She and her husband, Dan, have two daughters, Emily, 23, and Sokea, 16, a student at C.C. Both girls have always been home schooled. Before becoming a mom, Joelle worked for Apple Computer as a Senior Financial Analyst and an Incentive Representative. She also designed an art program for the Chatham College summer program in Pittsburgh for Exceptionally Gifted Children in the Arts. Joelle’s desire is to bring a high caliber of art instruction to home schooled students. She wants to provide a solid foundation in art theory and art appreciation through projects that reinforce or add to topics that the students learn in Omnibus and Science. She wants children to gain an appreciation of God as Master, Artist, and Creator of the universe through their keen observation of the world around them. In addition, Joelle wants children to see the value and results that come from patience and perseverance while in the pursuit of excellence as they work through longer, more involved painting projects and techniques.
Kimberly Cho Kim is blessed to be married to Peter since 2001 with three precious children Caleb, Timothy, and Selah. Growing up in Wheaton, she accepted Christ as her Savior during a summer camp in fourth grade then later re-committed her life to Christ as Lord in high school. Having the assurance of Jesus’ saving love in her heart at a young age was instrumental and life changing as the Lord used it to grow her heart to invest in the lives of children. She has a deep desire to see children grow in their understanding of the Lord’s great love for them personally. Kim is excited to use “His-story” and connect it to the Bible to learn more about God and his people through years past. Kim graduated with a BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She worked as a Speech-Language Assistant before she was called to serve as a Sunday School Director/Pastor. She served over ten years at a growing church, developing and implementing a new children’s ministry, while staying home with her young children. She is in her fifth year of homeschooling and is looking forward to serving the students and families here at C.C.
Rachael Dadabo Rachael received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Spanish from Asbury University in 2003, graduating Summa Cum Laude. During college she studied abroad in Spain and traveled internationally to Cuba, Morocco and Mexico which ignited her passion for travel and thoughtfully integrating Christian faith and culture. Since college she has had a continuous teaching career, first at Westminster Christian High School, then at C.C. and Elgin Community College where she teaches adult ESL and Citizenship classes to immigrants from many countries. Over the past ten years Rachael has taught multiple courses at C.C. including Latin, Literature, Omnibus, Classical Rhetoric, AP World History, Critical Thinking and Spanish. She loves classical education and the way it integrates the various subjects together. Outside of teaching, Rachael and her husband will be celebrating their thirteenth wedding anniversary in June and enjoy homeschooling their four children. Rachael's home church is Fox Valley Church where she spent many years on the World Outreach team because of her passion for a global Christian perspective. She is currently involved in a small group and teaches preschool Sunday School. For fun Rachael enjoys keeping up with currents events, reading sci-fi and historical fiction, discussing healthy eating, emotional intelligence (she's an ESFJ), playing strategy board games with her family, and taking nature walks with kids.
Gwyn Fletcher Gwyn received a B.S. in Secondary Mathematics Education from Lee University in Cleveland, TN in 2007. While in college she was able to complete a summer study abroad in England and Scotland and was able to go on missions trips with the university's band to Guatemala and Jordan. She has spent time teaching in Tennessee, South Carolina, and Ohio before moving to Illinois while she was pregnant with her daughter and became a stay at home mom. Gwyn has really missed teaching and has enjoyed being able to get back into the classroom at CC. Gwyn has been married to her husband, Josh, for almost four years. They have one daughter and a will be welcoming a second child this summer. When she was around 7, Gwyn dedicated her life to Christ and has spent the years since learning how to trust Him more, especially in the tough times. She is excited to share her love of math and science with the students at CC and help them develop a confidence in their skills and abilities.
Alison Gardner Alison Gardner received a B.S. in chemistry and education from UIC. She then taught high school sciences for 4 1/2 years in the Chicago Public Schools before leaving that position to start a family with her husband Joe. Homeschooling her two sons has only increased her love for teaching and her appreciation for how the order and beauty of creation points us to the Lord. Alison was born again in Christ in 1999 and is thrilled to be able to teach science now in a school setting where God is honored and glorified.
Deb Hayashi Debbi Hayashi received her B.A. in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Loyola University, Chicago and her M.A. in Criminal Justice, also from Loyola University, Chicago. Debbi worked in the political arena (at the local, state and federal level) for approximately six years and then was employed with Cook County as a probation officer for nine years. Throughout this time, she was involved with the Cook County Prison Ministry, sharing the Word of God to inmates who were housed in the maximum security division. Although loving her career and working with individuals involved in the criminal justice system, Debbi felt called to solely focus on her family after the birth of her and her husband's first child. She accepted Christ as her Savior 17 years ago and continually strives to live a Christ centered life, in addition to equipping her children to be steadfast in the ways of the Lord. Debbi is married to Brad and they have been blessed with four wonderful children: Alexandra, Madilyn, Bradley and Jocelyn.
Christine Hrinowich Christine Hrinowich is the wife of Tom and mother of five children. She has been home schooling since her eldest was in kindergarten. Christine has a Bachelor of Arts from DePaul University in Communications with a concentration in linguistics. Since high school she has enjoyed learning languages and has taken several years of Spanish and Latin. Her goal is to encourage the students to enjoy learning and discovering the use of language through Latin and Spanish.
Anna Lauren Anna graduated from Carthage College in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics. After working five years at Allstate Insurance as a predictive modeler, God called her to full-time ministry. She is currently the children’s director at The Chapel Mundelein. She is committed to teaching concepts in multiple ways to encourage a well-rounded understanding of the subject, and sharing a greater purpose in learning math. Her only desire is to live wholeheartedly for Jesus, and inspire and equip others do the same.
Stephanie Ludwig Stephanie graduated magna cum laude from North Central College with a degree in Biology and minor in Secondary Education. She taught high school Biology and Physical Science and middle school science before becoming a homeschool mom to her three children, Nathan, Abigail, and Isaac. She loves teaching science through experimentation and enjoys spending Mondays at CC with her students.
Evelyn Martinez Evelyn has been married to Armando Martinez since June 2007 and they have four beautiful girls. She was saved by grace in the year 2007. Evelyn grew up in Chicago in a Spanish speaking home. Being a first generation child, she spent a lot of time translating for her parents and teaching them basic English. Evelyn started homeschooling four years ago and loves discipling her children. The Martinez family verse is from Deuteronomy 6:5 “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Staying at home with her children has given her the opportunity to explore the many interests she had but didn't have time to do before. One of those interests is Art. Evelyn enjoys being the person that gives vision, artistic encouragement, and guidance to create beautiful masterpieces. She finds great joy in fostering a love of learning in her students and it’s her honor to be able to provide that for the students at Classical Consortium.
Jennifer Miller Jennifer received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration/ Marketing from Colorado State University in 1990 and her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Spanish from the University of Minnesota in 2000. In addition, she earned a Certificate of Advanced Studies in German from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1993. Jennifer has lived and studied abroad in Australia, Wales, Germany, and Spain and has traveled throughout Europe and Asia. She received her teaching certificate in Secondary Education from National Louis University in 2005 and taught high school Spanish at Prairie Ridge High School in Crystal Lake. Married for 22 years to Derek Miller, they have three beautiful children, Eliza, Benjamin and Oliver. Jennifer has been following Christ since 1999. This will be her fourth year teaching at Classical Consortium.
Kimberly Rapp Kim is grateful to be married to David since 1986 and then experience the blessings of homeschooling six wonderful children over the past twenty-six years. Growing up in a Christian home with two parents who were educators and who felt strongly about Christian education, Kim felt called to be a teacher like them. She graduated from Concordia University with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in English. Married to a military officer and moving every two years led her to homeschooling her own children. She has taught in various settings and schools through the years, and now that her youngest is in college, she is thankful for the privilege of being able to continue teaching young minds here at CC. Her desire for her Bible students is that they will grow in their love for Christ and His Word and learn to “do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with their God.”
Elizabeth Ricci Elizabeth Ricci received her Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. She received her Bachelor of Arts with a major in political science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Elizabeth and her husband, Gary, are church planters with Converge MidAmerica, and Gary is currently the senior pastor of New Hope Christian Community in Round Lake. Elizabeth also served as a missionary in Albania just after communism fell in the mid-1990s. Elizabeth has a passion to see the next generation of Christians raised up to think critically and express their faith clearly and winsomely. She loves homeschooling her children and in her spare time enjoys running triathlons and playing bass--but almost never at the same time.
Ching-Ching Rojas Ching-Ching Rojas received a BA in Applied Mathematics from Fu-Jen Catholic University in Taipei, Taiwan. She also received an MA and completed the PhD course work in Applied Mathematics from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She and her husband, George, started homeschooling in 1995, continuing until their children, David and Jessica, graduated from high school. A Christian since 1995, Ching-Ching is grateful that God has given her the opportunity to become a part of the homeschool community and to grow closer to Him by being involved in a Christ-honoring educational environment. Her goal in teaching is to build her students confidence so that they will enjoy and be proficient in math.
Julie Roper Julie has her degree from Alverno College in English Literature and Secondary Education. She has taught in both public and private schools. She has a great love for teaching children of all ages. Since her conversion 22 years ago, the Lord has given her many opportunities to share His love with others and witness the joy He brings into life. Julie has been married to her husband, Scott, for 18 years and they have been blessed with five children. She has been homeschooling them since her eldest's birth, 15 years ago.
Kristie Schnell Kristie graduated from Taylor University in 2006 with a degree in Elementary Education and has a passion for teaching and working with kids. After college she moved to the Dominican Republic and was a missionary teacher for two years. Once she was back in the US, she taught in the public schools for several years in Indianapolis and in Long Grove IL. God has richly blessed her with her husband Brian, who works in finance, and two sweet girls, Nora (2yo) and Evelyn (1yo). Her mission is to raise her daughters to know Christ and love others well. Even though she absolutely loves working as a stay-at-home-mom, coming to CC on Mondays to teach is definitely a highlight during the week! This will be her third year teaching Omnibus at CC.
Arlona Schulz Arlona has a Bachelors in Mathematics from Illinois State University. Since graduating, she has tutored all levels of Math. Arlona is now working on a Master’s of Education. She became a Christian at age seven. Arlona is passionate about helping students see the beauty of Creation through Mathematics.
Jen Smythe Jen has been married for fourteen years to her best friend, Byron. They have two children--CJ and Ben. Jen graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana/Champagne with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry. She also holds a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from UIUC and an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Moody Seminary. She taught Chemistry and Physical Science at Prospect High School and is now at home teaching her children. She has been blessed to work part-time in creating and facilitating online science courses for Moody Bible Institute and Trinity International University and is now excited to be a part of the homeschooling community and help her students explore and appreciate God's magnificent creation.
Liz Yukawa Liz has been married to her husband John since 1993 and is mother to Joshua, a student at Moody Bible Institute, and Kathryn, a student at C.C. Originally from Canada, Liz grew up in a pastor’s home, where she received Christ as a child and began a life-long love of the study of the Word of God. She graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a BA in Bible Theology. Liz has served in church ministry throughout the years and has been home schooling since 2001. She considers it a great privilege to help students at C.C. establish a firm foundation of faith and knowledge of the Scriptures that is relevant to all aspects of life. Amid an increasingly biblically illiterate society, it is her hope that students will be anchored firmly in the Word of God as they develop through their teen years and wrestle with the big questions of faith, life, and relationships.